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Located in El Peten, Tikal is the crown jewel of Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Though it has many of the same beautiful temples as its well-known counterparts in Mexico, Tikal stands apart because of its location deep in the jungle. Trekking like Indiana Jones is not necessary, but the jungle setting is evident as you walk under a thick canopy to explore the plazas, pyramids, and temples of Tikal.
Settled around 700 BC, Tikal flourished during the Classic Period, between 200 and 900 AD. As the capital of a conquest state, it served as a center for trade and economy, growing to a population of almost 100,000 before its decline. Some of its more noteworthy characters include Jasaw Chan K'awiil I, also known as Au Cacao (Lord Chocolate!), who conquered the chief rival Mayan state of Calakmul around 695 AD.

Though local knowledge of the site continued, it was largely ignored by the government and outsiders until an 1848 expedition sent by the Guatemalan government. Tikal slowly gained momentum as foreigners and explorers ventured in the jungle around El Peten, and in 1956 the University of Pennsylvania began to partner with the Instituto de Antropologia y Historia in Guatemala.

Modern-day visitors are in for a treat. An easy day trip from Flores or El Remate, Tikal is accessible for many visitors. Though most visitors come in the middle of the day, the best time to visit is early morning or in the evening - when the jungle is coolest and the crowds thinnest. Sights not to be missed include the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Northern Acropolis, and Temple of Inscriptions.

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Take an exciting air tour from Guatemala City to discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal! After a scenic flight to Tikal, spend a ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $329.99
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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,289.99

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

Discover the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Yaxha on this overnight tour from Guatemala City! Head to the jungle of Guatemala on this 2-day adventure and admire the ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $520.99
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal on this air tour from Antigua! Enjoy a scenic flight to Tikal and spend the day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $359.99
$369.99 Save $10.00

Tikal Day Tour from Flores

This full-day tour of Tikal offers the opportunity to see one of Guatemala's most amazing archeological sites. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio

Take a day trip from San Ignacio to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). A ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Antigua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Spend the night in northern Guatemala and discover the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Yaxha! This 2-day adventure takes you from Antigua to the jungle of Guatemala. ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $549.99
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2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal and Yaxha from Flores

Discover excavated Mayan ruins in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) and Yaxha on this 2-day tour from Flores. An ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $241.99

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